Grilling and Open-Flame Safety Tips
With warmer weather and backyard barbeque season comes the potential for experiencing a fire-related injury from grilling. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly 20,000 people go to the emergency room each year due to grill-related injuries.
Fortunately, there are safety guidelines you can follow to effectively reduce these risks. Here are some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe while you have some summer fun.
Keep Your Grill Away from Your Home
On average, 10,600 house fires are started by grills each year—this is often results from the grill flame being too close to the house. To avoid this risk, keep your grill or any open flame at least 10 feet away from your home. Also be sure that your grill is not resting on a wood deck, porch or any other flammable surface that can spread the flame to your home’s structure.
Check for Gas Leaks
Gas grills contribute to more fires than charcoal grills, making it essential to check your grill for any leaks or malfunctions. You can effectively and safely check your grill hose for leaks by following these steps:
- Make sure your grill is in the off position.
- Mix one part water with one part liquid dish soap in a spray bottle.
- Turn your propane tank on.
- Spray the soapy solution onto the valve, hose and regulator.
- Look for any bubbles that may form.
If soap bubbles begin to form, you most likely have a gas leak and should replace the affected component before using your grill.
Rid the Area of Tripping Hazards
While grilling outdoors can be fun for the family, it also can be hazardous and dangerous. Be sure to keep those who are not tending to the grill at least three feet away from the grill and any other unnecessary items like cooking tools, children’s toys, shoes and other tripping hazards.
Be Mindful of Children and Pets
Often, injuries and fires can happen when a grill is left unattended by an adult. Pets and children can easily trip, fall or bump into the grill and injure themselves or even unintentionally start a fire. Always keep children and pets away from the grill, even after you finish cooking.
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